Lakeith Stanfield Creates an Epic Awards Moment

Award show season is one of the best times to watch TV. While the awards themselves are coveted, it’s the unscripted moments that are the most fun to watch.

Remember that time Kanye West upstaged Taylor Swift at the MTV Awards? It’s STILL one of the most talked about moments in recent pop culture history. While Kanye is rightfully resting up, we now have someone else to carry the torch of turning the mainstream on its head. Enter Atlanta’s Lakeith Standfield.

The 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards aired on A&E Sunday night and kicked off the season as the first major award show honoring the best in film and television. When Donald Glover’s breakout hit, Atlanta, lost the Best Comedy Series award to the HBO show Silicon Valley, Stanfield, who plays Darius on the show, took to the stage to “accept” the award on the show’s behalf.

Post Kanye move, Lakeith made sure to set the record straight via Twitter.

No matter how many awards the series racks up this season, it’s already a winner to us. This read from sums the reason why.

“Ultimately, Atlanta wins because of its real life depictions of Blackness and Black men. It doesn’t need to be outlandish and stereotypical to be successful. It wins because Earn, Alfred and Darius are people we know, and in some cases, they are us. We want them to win just like we want our fathers, cousins, nephews, sons and friends to win, too.”

Here’s to the show creating more epic moments on and off screen.